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The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas

Fiction: Satire
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/18/2020

The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696601696


A revelatory new translation of the playful, incomparable masterpiece of one of the greatest black authors in the Americas.

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A revelatory new translation of the playful, incomparable masterpiece of one of the greatest black authors in the Americas

The mixed-race grandson of ex-slaves, Machado de Assis is not only Brazil's most celebrated writer but also a writer of world stature, who has been championed by the likes of Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, and Salman Rushdie. In his masterpiece, the 1881 novel The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (translated also as Epitaph of a Small Winner), the ghost of a decadent and disagreeable aristocrat decides to write his memoir. He dedicates it to the worms gnawing at his corpse and tells of his failed romances and halfhearted political ambitions, serves up harebrained philosophies, and complains with gusto from the depths of his grave. Wildly imaginative, wickedly witty, and ahead of its time, the novel has been compared to the work of everyone from Cervantes to Sterne to Joyce to Nabokov to Borges to Calvino, and has influenced generations of writers around the world.


“Highly entertaining . . . A fresh, lively translation . . . Machado deserves wider familiarity among English readers, and this is a fine place to start reading him.” —Kirkus Starred Review

“Brilliantly idiosyncratic . . . Cubas endows every episode with scintillating digressions on history and literature along with gentle mockery of his own hypocrisy and pretensions. Thomson-DeVeaux’s limpid translation captures the charm and immediacy of de Assis. . . . His masterpiece reads like the best of dreams.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Author Bio

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839–1908), the mixed-race grandson of freed slaves, was born in Rio de Janeiro. Largely self-taught, he wrote many novels, stories, plays, and poems, eventually becoming the first president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and gaining recognition as Brazil's greatest writer. Flora Thomson-DeVeaux is a translator, writer, and researcher who studied Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University and earned a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University. She lives in Rio de Janeiro.